The Leader and Promoting South Lakeland and Innovation Portfolio Holder presented the fourth quarter Council Plan Performance Monitoring Report 2020/21 which set out the Council Plan Priorities and Measures of Success. The measures listed, details of which were set out within the report, were showing very good performance and demonstrated that South Lakeland was a very desirable place to live, work and explore.
The report also included the latest Strategic Risk Register. Out of a total number of 16 risks, eight were currently above the Council’s tolerance but were, however, being managed effectively.
In presenting the report, the Leader and Promoting South Lakeland and Innovation Portfolio Holder informed Members that the Council remained committed to deliver 1,000 affordable homes to rent by 2025, with the provision to date of 529 affordable homes to rent. In closing he referred to the 13 empty homes which had been brought back into use in South Lakeland for Quarter Four and an additional 9 affordable homes for rent completed during Quarter Four.
Discussion took place on the impact of Covid-19 on domestic violence statistics, Members felt that it was important to monitor this in the coming months as there could be a spike in the statistics once they had been updated.
Further discussion raised the most prominent risk on the risk register which related to the Medium Term Financial Plan and providing a balanced budget. The Finance and Assets Portfolio Holder informed Members that the Council was in a slightly improved position than had previously been expected given the impact of Covid-19 on Local Authorities.
RESOLVED – That the following be noted:-
(1) the Summary of Performance as detailed in the report;
(2) the detailed risks information contained within Appendix 1; and
(3) the detailed Business and Economy Statistics in Appendix 2.
Reasons for Decision
The report is directly linked to the following Council Plan commitment to ensure that the Council is equipped to provide the best, most cost effective services. Details regarding performance monitoring are published in line with the Council’s current Performance Management Framework.
Alternative Options Considered and Rejected
None – The purpose of the report is to receive a performance update. The Council must note successes, monitor progress and take action where appropriate.